Joan Mitchell
Number 12 1953–1954

Artwork details

Artist
Joan Mitchell 1925–1992
Title
Number 12
Date 1953–1954
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Object: 2019 x 1867 mm
Collection
No information available
On short term loan
Reference
X25051

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Joan Mitchell was one of the leading figures of the younger generation of abstract expressionist painters. Her lifelong passion for light, colour and landscape is evident in this painting, made when she was still in her twenties. Using subtle variations in texture and colour, her paintings often present a delicate, shimmering surface across the whole canvas. The composition of Number 12 draws the viewer’s eye to an area of densely layered dark paint at the centre of the canvas.

July 2012

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